Infectious Disease
April 13, 2020
ISBARR ARTICLE
April 13, 2020

Mr. J, age 42, is a construction worker in Las Vegas. He recently noticed that a mole on his face seemed to be getting larger and darker. At first he did not worry because he was in the sun a lot and assumed the change may have been caused by sunburn. After a month, not only was the mole larger and darker, but it appeared to be “bumpy.” His doctor diagnosed a malignant melanoma skin cancer following biopsy of the nevus. Mr. J reports pain in his right shin that does not go away when he puts his feet up or sleeps.

Discussion Questions

  • 1) Relate Mr. J’s skin changes to the warning signs for malignant melanoma.
  • 2) Discuss the normal progression of this malignancy.
  • 3) What is the significance of the bone pain that Mr. J is experiencing?
  • 4)Discuss the treatment available for this patient and the prognosis for recovery.
 
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